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Is Stratolaunch ready to fly? Paul Allen's gigantic plane raises its nose off the ground...


The world's largest plane has taken another step toward its maiden flight after successfully raising its nose wheels off the ground in a high speed runway test. 

Stratolaunch, the firm working to bring the aerospace vision of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to life, said the gigantic craft reached 110 knots, or 126mph in the latest test.  

The Stratolaunch team performed successful high-speed taxi testing at the Mojave Air & Space Port on January 9, 2019. 

During the three-part test series, the team achieved a maximum speed of 119 knots with nose gear off of the ground. 

It is the latest is a series of tests for the plane, which late last year underwent a major engine test.  

The team completed the test on November 2 just weeks after passing a key taxi test at the Mojave Air & Space Port.

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